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House Education Committee OKs school prayer bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

State lawmakers are advancing a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.

 

 

AP Ananlysis: Gunn shores up strength in second year

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Speaker Philip Gunn has emerged as a stronger figure in his second year at the helm of Mississippi House.

 

Feb. 4-8 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Miss.

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's in the middle of a deadly tornado zone, and Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week Severe Weather Preparedness Week statewide. The zone stretches roughly from Little Rock, Ark., to Birmingham, Ala.

 

Super Bowl good for Mississippi

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Mississippi Gulf Coast hotels chartered buses to bring guests to New Orleans for the Super Bowl and back. Mississippi's coastal casinos were hoping for good business.

 

Miss. River reopened to vessels after oil removed

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic in both directions after finishing the cleanup of thousands of gallons of oil from a leaking barge.

Southern Miss could get first black chief

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state's higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi's historically white public universities to be led by a black man.

Legislature: 'Thirty possums hissin' in a barn'

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.

 

Possible debate later on Miss. Medicaid expansion

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.

 

 

Plans advance for state- funded pre-kindergarten

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.

 

 

Inmates targeted in $40K false tax return scheme

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.

 

 

New Viking Range owner cuts 20 percent of workers

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Viking Range Corp.'s new owner is laying off one-fifth of the company's workers.

 

 

Proud to be Mississippian, Evers-Williams says

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Myrlie Evers-Williams says people praised her poise after her husband, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, was assassinated 50 years ago in the state. But she says she struggled with wanting revenge.

 

 

Cockfighting felony bills filed

Posted 1/31/2013 in State

Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

Miss. submits proposed voter ID rules to feds

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that he has given the federal government proposed rules for how the state intends to carry out a voter identification law that is in limbo.

 

 

Trial date set in Dwight Bowling civil suit

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

A civil lawsuit filed against former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach Dwight Bowling will be heard in March of 2014 in federal court in Oxford.

 

 

Bill: Elect school boards as local control returns

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

Residents of some Mississippi school districts exiting state control could get to elect new school board members.

 

 

Q&A about Miss. plans in federal health overhaul

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

 

 

Barge hits Miss. River bridge; Oil cleanup ongoing

Posted 1/28/2013 in State

Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

 

Legislators to address key differences between Senate, House charter school bills

Posted 1/26/2013 in State

With expanded charter school bills passing the Mississippi Senate and House, the stage is now set for both sides to begin what could be lengthy negotiation before a joint-bill is placed for a general vote.

Chism, Smith present bill to 'assert state sovereignty'

Posted 1/25/2013 in State

A bill sponsored by two Columbus lawmakers would allow the state to defy federal laws through a joint-legislative committee. The committee, composed of 14 state elected officials, would determine what is and isn't within the federal government's power when dealing with the state's constitutional rights.

 

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